Depression Of A Herbal Clinic

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Depression in a Herbal Clinic Understanding depression is vital in modern and stressful times. Depression is not an exclusive condition and affects people from all walks of life. From the word Depression – one can instantly visualise the “burden” (WHO, 2012) of this endemic condition. Churchill “affectionately” called it his “black dog” (WHO, 2012). Is it widely known that October 10 is World Mental Health Day? (WHO, 2014) Given the prevalence, death toll and disease burden - mental health is of great significance in a modern herbal practice. By 2030, depression alone is projected to be the single leading cause of overall disease burden in high-income countries (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012). Aristotle pinpointed…show more content…
Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Suicide results in an estimated 1 million deaths every year.” (WHO, 2012) Types of depression (Mental Health Foundation , 2014) Mild depression Mild Depression is said to have limited negative effect on a patient’s daily life. For example, patients having difficulty concentrating at work or motivation to engage in activities normally enjoyed. Major depression Major depression is said interferes with a patient’s daily life – including activities like eating and sleep. Patients may lose their appetite or are said to comfort eat and thus over-eat (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2013). Patients may experience only a single episode but several episodes in a lifetime are common. Hospital admission maybe necessary if there is a risk of self-harm. Bi-polar disorder Mood swings in bi-polar disorder can be extreme – oscillating from mania to complete despair, lethargy and suicidal feelings. Post-natal depression It is said that new mothers experience 'baby blues ' a few days after the
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